Women's Liberation Movement

Monday to Friday FREE
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

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Join Polly Russell, Lead Curator for Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts, for a discussion on feminism. Polly was the British Library lead on Sisterhood and After, a project and website to create the UK’s first ever oral history archive of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Polly was also the lead for a project which digitised and made freely available the feminist magazine Spare Rib.

In this classroom-based talk, Polly will explore feminism as a counter-culture movement, discussing the ways that ideology propaganda promotes ‘traditional’ gender roles are produced and the ways that these have been resisted, challenged and changed.She will examine some examples of how women contested this in practice in the 1970s and 1980s and invite students to reflect on gender issues today. The session will serve as an introduction to the Sisterhood and After and Spare Rib sites and includes a Q&A. The classroom-based talk takes place in the Learning Centre.

Online Resources

Sisterhood and After: From Spare Rib to Greenham Common, explore the stories of the women who powered the UK Women’s Liberation Movement.

Spare Rib: Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972-93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced.Visitors to this site can explore selected highlights from the magazine; and examine how the magazine was run, why it was started and the issues it dealt with. 


Age group: Year 10 - 13
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Maximum group size - 40; minimum - 10

Key skills: History, Politics, Sociology, English
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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